Senior Vice President
An award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, behavior-change communications specialist and author, Balman has a diverse background, including diplomatic affairs, strategic communications, business development, foreign aid and global campaigns
In his role, Sid oversees client strategy, day-to-day activities and new business development in the D.C. office. With over three decades of multidimensional experience in all sectors, Sid brings an extensive business acumen and expertise in strategic communications, that includes foundations and government affairs. He provides insight into successful business strategies and tactics, which serves to advance Warschawski’s efforts both nationally and internationally.
Early in his career, Balman, a Pulitzer-nominated national security correspondent, covered wars in the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, and traveled extensively with American presidents and secretaries of state on overseas diplomatic missions.
With the emergence of the web and the commoditizing of content, he transitioned into the business aspect of communications. Balman helped found a news syndicate focused on the interests of women and girls, served as communications chief for the largest consortium of US international development organizations, headed two successful strategic communications agencies and launched a new division centered around security issues at a large international development firm.
Over two decades, Balman assisted in the conception and management of some of the most consequential efforts to increase awareness and government spending on global poverty reduction, including the UN Millennium Development Goals Campaign and Irish musician, Bono’s One Campaign. He pioneered digital strategies on behalf of a number of governments in partnership with some of the world’s leading social media, advertising and international development firms. With extensive expertise in all sectors, Balman has worked with an array of organizations, including the Gates Foundation, Google, the Conference of Catholic Bishops, Harvard, M&C Saatchi, the international litigation firm Lewis Baach and the Swiss retailing behemoth, Migros, among others.
Balman is the author of “Seventh Flag,” a work of historical fiction on the radicalization of America and Europe since World War II, scheduled for release October 2019, and a contributing writer to Outside Magazine as well as other publications.
Sid earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Arts from American University and has done post-graduate work at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. A fourth generation Texan, Sid is an avid climber, surfer, paddler and benefactor to Smith College. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with a rotating cast of family and dogs.